Member news, spring 2018

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April 29, 2018
Pampillonia Jewelers partners with Shelton School in jewelry design contest
For the eighth consecutive year, Pampillonia Jewelers partnered with Shelton School’s jewelry design internship contest coordinated by Shelton art instructor Mandy Dockweiler. Her upper-level Studio Art students participated in the contest to create a winning design that would ultimately be rendered into a piece of fine jewelry and make its way to Shelton’s annual benefit auction.
As the winning designer, student Lizzie Cleveland learned many of the inner workings of the jewelry business during her time with Pampillonia, and the jewelers donated the finished piece to Shelton’s auction. The finished piece was an 18k white gold piece featuring a 7.73 carat green amethyst briolette and seven pearls. In addition, Lizzie’s entire studio art class was able to tour Pampillonia’s jewelry manufacturing facility, learn about the process and garner inspiration for personal creations.
RealPage acquires electronic payment platform in $218.5M deal

RealPage Inc. is growing its electronic payment platform with a $218.5 million purchase of ClickPay.
RealPage, which offers software and data analytics for the real estate industry, said the transaction will add nearly $1 billion to its total addressable market by extending its reach in the homeowner association real estate sector, according to a recent article in the Dallas Business Journal.
ClickPay, which is based in New York City, offers an electronic payment platform to 2.3 million units in the multifamily, HOA, condominium and cooperative real estate segments. It recorded revenues of $22 million in 2017 and is also expected to benefit RealPage by contributing $23 million in sales during the rest of 2018.
Alliance Architects celebrates its 25th anniversary
Alliance Architects is celebrating 25 years of helping to shape DFW’s architectural landscape. Since its inception in 1993, the company has developed its reputation for its professionalism, creativity and relentless customer service. AAI is focused mainly on corporate interiors, data centers, education industrial, liturgical and office markets. The firm provides architectural and interior design, master planning and project management services. 
Founding Principal Charlie Reagan said, “The name Alliance was chosen in part with the notion that our business is dedicated to creating alliances with developers, general contractors and other architectural/engineering firms. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen, provide consistent and open communication, while being fully transparent with our clients and consultants.”
One of Alliance Architect’s core beliefs is giving back to the community. “Philanthropy is an important focus for us,” said Principal Chad Michel. “As an architectural firm, we make an impact on the city landscape through building design, but at the same time we really enjoy giving back to our community. Recent projects such as designing a food pantry for In The City For Good, mentoring Richardson ISD high school students or renovating a house for Habitat for Humanity are the things we love to do and are part of what we do on a daily basis.”
Richland College’s TEAM Center trains veterans for tech market
Richland College’s Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Center is a tangible result of TAACCCT grants. The school received the $3.25 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in September 2014.

The grant — along with partnerships with employers in Dallas, Richardson and Garland — helped the school train local veterans seeking to enter or re-enter the high-demand technology job market. It features an advanced manufacturing center, electronics engineering equipment, a robotics training lab and multiple classrooms for additional technology training.

Mayor Paul Voelker recently congratulated the school on its success.

“I’m keenly aware of what you’re doing here and the value added,” Voelker said. “It’s so important today that our employers know that their talent is here, and if it’s not here, we can create it here, or we can reinvent it here because we are always constantly learning.”
“Coming full-circle and seeing the advanced manufacturing capabilities that we can do right here, not only in the USA, but in north Texas, is pretty cool,” he said. “We can compete with anybody in the world, at any level, because we have the talent and what it takes to make those businesses successful.”

As a direct result of the grant, Richland College’s accomplishments to date include: 14,500 square feet of renovated space; $1.3 million worth of capital equipment and $400,000 worth of minor equipment, all installed and now operating since 2016; three additional faculty members and three additional staff members hired; two credit certificate and one continuing education certificate offerings added; 37 Associate of Applied Science degrees and 39 certificates in electronics and manufacturing awarded; 32 Associate of Applied Science degrees and 136 certificates in computer information technology awarded since that program’s inclusion in the grant; 292 students enrolled in electronics and manufacturing programs and 464 students in computer information technology programs in the 2018 spring semester; and 277 passed NIMS credentials in eight different credential exams. In addition, Richland College has also completed a cognitive task analysis and received new courseware for wire EDM, another common manufacturing process.